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8/21/1978 (38 y, 6 m, 6 d)
1996 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1s, Pick: 7, Overall: 35, Team: Atlanta Braves
$0.2M / 1 Years (2015)
Marquis was released by the Reds on Thursday. (6/11/2015)
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Year in Review:
A lot of people were projecting disaster for Marquis when he signed with Colorado prior to the '09 season. Oddly, though, he had one of the best seasons of his career by winning 15 games and posting a FIP of 4.10. He also pitched a career-high 216 innings. On the downside, his strikeout rate was an ugly 4.79 K/9 and he also lost 13 contests. Over his career, Marquis has been a pretty average pitcher, so he hasn't suddenly found the secret to success at the age of 31, but he's also not completely useless.
The Year Ahead:
Coincidence or not, Marquis' ground-ball rate improved significantly in '09 (55.6%, up from 47.6% in '08). The odd thing is that none of Marquis' numbers (outside of the ground-ball rate) improved significantly last season, which suggests it could have been a fluke. He also had no control over his win/loss totals, so you can pretty much throw those out the window - – especially with the move to Washington. If Marquis can continue to show a +50%+ ground-ball rate, withhile his other numbers remaining steady, he could be a worthwhile pick-up for a back-of-the-rotation spot in deep mixed leagues. (Marc Hulet)
Since 2005, 34 pitchers have thrown at least 1000 innings. Of those pitchers, only one (Jeff Suppan, with a 4.8 mark) has managed to compile fewer WAR than Jason Marquis (7.2). Even that number is mis-representative of Marquis, as his 3.8 WAR in 2009 is his highest mark over that span by basically two wins. What's the point of mentioning all this? Well, for one, it's to note that, when he's not eating innings, Marquis has little value. In 2010, he wasn't eating innings and, hence, wasn't valuable. It's also to say that, even when he is throwing 200 or so frames per year, Marquis' peripherals -- including just a 1.38 K:BB since 2005 -- prevent him from being truly valuable. High-ish ground-ball rates might help keep his ERA from inflating too wildly, but poor control of the strike zone, combined with just a mediocre offensive club, render Marquis a non-target in fantasy drafts. (Carson Cistulli)
The Quick Opinion:
Sometimes, even if it looks like a starting pitcher and quacks like a starting pitcher, it's actually just Jason Marquis.
Over the last three years, the Long Island native has recast himself as a control-and-ground-ball pitcher, and it was probably a good idea to do so. He never got the swinging strikes to be the strikeout guy he tried to be early in his career. Even recently, his control has never been elite, and along with the lack of strikeouts, he's just not a great fantasy option. Now that he also has to pitch to designated hitters in the better offensive league, he's even less exciting. Deep leaguers that want a warm body and think he could pitch to a low-fours ERA in an okay home park for pitchers in Minnesota can spend a low pick on Marquis, but they'd probably also find a pitcher with more upside hanging out in the same tier. (Eno Sarris)
The Quick Opinion:
An innings eater from the get-go, Marquis was "meh" even when he added the ground balls and is even less exciting now that he's pitching in the American League.
When the Twins cut Jason Marquis in May despite having one of the most atrocious rotations in baseball, it wasn't hard to see why; in 34 innings, he allowed 33 runs and had only three more strikeouts (12) than homers allowed (9). San Diego signed him out of desperation, and he somehow managed to post a career-high 7.59 strikeouts per nine despite losing more velocity off his fastball (now down to 88.4 mph). Needless to say, it's hard to see a lot of value here outside of National-League-West-only leagues -- that's a thing, right? -- but pitching in Petco has helped worse pitchers look usable in the past. (
The Quick Opinion:
The 2012 group ERA of Minnesota starting pitchers was
worse than anyone in baseball
outside of Colorado, and even they couldn't stand to hang on to Marquis past May. Scooped up by the Padres, he was surprisingly decent (4.28 FIP in 15 starts) before a broken wrist ended his season in August.
Last season, the 35-year-old veteran right-hander went 9-5 with a 4.20 ERA in 20 starts before season-ending Tommy John surgery struck in July. The optimist suggests Marquis could be ready to return to the bump before the 2014 season is complete, but at that point, he’ll need to find a team to work for. (Alan Harrison)
After spending 2014 in the minors, Marquis had a brief shot with the Reds last season. In nine starts, he posted decent strikeout and walk rates. The problem was a painful home run rate. It's a familiar issue for Marquis and one he's unlikely to solve as a 37-year-old. If he does get another chance in the majors, he should look for a friendlier venue than Great American Ball Park. (Brad Johnson)
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